profitable; moneymaking; remunerative: a lucrative business.

Origin of lucrative

1375–1425; late Middle English lucratif (< Middle French) < Latin lucrātīvus gainful, equivalent to lucrāt(us) (past participle of lucrārī to make a profit, gain by economy; see lucre) + -īvus -ive
Related formslu·cra·tive·ly, adverblu·cra·tive·ness, nounnon·lu·cra·tive, adjectivenon·lu·cra·tive·ly, adverbnon·lu·cra·tive·ness, nounun·lu·cra·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • It was said that since the 31st of August he had been carrying on a most lucrative business with the Prussians.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • But his practice as a portrait-painter was not lucrative, nor his popularity lasting.

  • I 'll not say it will be anything very splendid or lucrative, but something he shall have.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • Foreign trade was lucrative in just the proportion that it was hazardous.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • The most lucrative undertaking in the Colony is that of a shrine.

British Dictionary definitions for lucrative



producing a profit; profitable; remunerative
Derived Formslucratively, adverblucrativeness, noun

Word Origin for lucrative

C15: from Old French lucratif; see lucre
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Word Origin and History for lucrative

early 15c., from Old French lucratif "profitable" and directly from Latin lucrativus "gainful, profitable," from lucratus, past participle of lucrari "to gain," from lucrum "gain, profit" (see lucre). Related: Lucratively; lucrativeness.

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